By "The Abyss" in 1989, Cameron was having second thoughts about keeping women in no-man's land. He served up a blue collar-white collar romance with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's Lindsey, the engineer of a high-tech, deep sea oil rig, and Ed Harris' Bud, the roughneck who runs it. The Brigmans' divorce is in the works but circumstances in the form of a missing nuclear sub bring them back together. When one of the guys calls her "Mrs. Brigman," she snaps, "Just don't call me that; I hate that." Before the film is over, Bud's wedding ring will save him, Lindsey will risk drowning so that Bud can live, and when they both beat the odds, calling her "Mrs. Brigman" becomes the film's resonant kicker.
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